"In the same way, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven." Matthew 5:16
MERRY CHRISTMAS!


O Come Let Us Adore Him!



Finding Time to Adore God in a Busy World



O Come Let Us Adore Him 

We’ve sung the words a thousand times: “O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant… O come let us adore Him.” We envy the shepherds who actually saw the baby Jesus, and returned with a message of joy that pierced the midnight air. We can’t join them in Bethlehem, but thankfully, we can adore Jesus right where we are, for today He is at the right hand of the Father. That’s why the invitation is to all of us—“O come let us adore Him.”

But how do we “adore Him?”

“This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me….” Jesus said of the religious types of His day. To put it in modern terms, “You sing the right songs, you recite the proper prayers and you attend the right services… but your heart isn’t in it.”

Words are no substitute for the heart. That part of us that no one sees is what is most important to Him. Adoration is first and foremost an attitude of delightful worship, that our love for Christ lies at the core of our lives.

We so casually associate worship with church attendance that is it easy to get the impression they are one and the same. But Jesus told the woman of Samaria that the time had come when worship was not a matter of location, but was to be done “in spirit and in truth.”

We are to worship “in spirit”—that is, worship is a matter of personal desire and lifestyle. Take this from my heart to yours: if we are not adoring the Christ during the week, we most assuredly will not adore Him on Sunday.

Then Jesus said it was a matter of truth, the truth about God and our personal honesty about who we are in His presence. We can have many discussions about whether worship should be “traditional” or “contemporary,” but the real question is whether worship is honest or dishonest; is it from the mouth or from the heart?

We adore what is most precious to us. The miser adores his wealth; the evolutionist might adore his knowledge. We all have what C.S. Lewis called an “overwhelming first.” The New Testament teaches that this is the spot that should be reserved for Jesus. Adoration is our privilege, but it is also our obligation. He is worthy to be “first.”

Experience teaches us that it is almost impossible to seriously adore Christ at Christmastime. As long as we are consumed by getting and giving, we simply have neither the time nor the inclination to adore the One whose birthday we celebrate. We will be content with singing about adoration rather than doing it.

But among us will be a small number who actually rid their hearts of rivals; there are those who will refocus their lifestyles and take the time to bow before the now triumphant Christ. There were many shepherds out on the hills of Judea, but only a few were invited to the stable. Now they beckon us to join their company. They are asking us to remember that Christmas is not about us, but about Jesus.

Let’s accept their invitation and hurry to “Adore Him!”
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Dec 16 - Pick-up TRIP (for orders that were placed on Dec 8) (6:30-7pm)
Dec 18 - Half Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
Dec 21 - Jan 1 - Christmas Break
Jan 4 - School Resumes
AMAZON WISH LISTS
If you would like to give a tangible gift to our school, giving through the Amazon Wish List Program is a great way to show your support! Our staff and students have been greatly blessed by the gifts already coming in through this program.
 
  • There is NO deadline for placing orders. These lists will stay active throughout the school year and teachers will add to them as needs come up. This will be available all year long and items can be shipped directly to JCS! The website link is: https://sites.google.com/jenisonchristian.org/wishlists/home

  •  You can have items shipped directly to JCS by selecting 'Jenison Christian School's Gift Registry Address' for the shipping address when checking out.

  • If you'd like to add a note so we know who made the donation, please select 'Gift Options' under Step 3 in the checkout process.

  • There are also wish lists for the 'JCS Outdoor Education' space as that is used on a daily basis by preschool-elementary, as well as for our custodial staff and childcare team 
ALL SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Lunch Program Option for 1/2 Day - Do you need a cold-lunch take-home option for the half-days of school ahead on December 18, January 15, and January 29? As part of our hot lunch program with the free offering through the USDA this school year we are able to provide that for you, if you provide us with an advanced request. If you would like us to send your child home with a sack-lunch on those days, please email Penny Thatcher at pthatcher@jenisonchristian.org and let her know you'd like this option.

  • JCS Podcast - Did you know that we have our very own JCS podcast? Join in and listen to our middle school teachers Mr. Eric DeVries and Mr. Payton Ponstein. Here is the link! https://youtu.be/rkhoHWYqGBU

  • JCS gators and theme t-shirts are available for sale in the office: $5/gators and $7/t-shirts. If you've ordered an extra theme shirt already and have not received it, we need you to pay for it, and we will send it home with your student!

  • Key Cards ($10/$20) are still available for purchase in the JCS office. There is a dining card for $20 and a car care card for $10. If you're looking for a great holiday gift, consider purchasing these cards!

  • JCS Directory Updates:
  • Change of Address: Kyle & Dayna Roede - 2544 Cedar West Dr., Jenison MI 49428
  • Change of Address: Adam & Sarah McIntyre - 6810 Belhurst Ave., Jenison MI 49428
Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (T.R.I.P.)
Curbside TRIP is moving inside starting in December.  TRIP will be available for pick up inside by the office door. There can only be two people inside picking up at the same time. Please form a line outside until you can safely enter. Please remember to social distance and wear a mask. 

As before, all orders MUST be preordered. TRIP has dwindled down its inventory and gift cards are now being ordered on an as needed basis. Pick ups will be offered ONLY on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:00 PM as volunteers and parents are not able to be in the school building during school hours. 

PLEASE NOTE:

Orders placed by Tuesday, December 8 are available for pick up on Wednesday, December 16!

Order dates for January through March are are follows:

Order by Tuesday, January 5 and pick up on Wednesday, January 13,
Order by Tuesday, March 2 and pick up on Wednesday, March 10,
Order by Tuesday, March 23 and pick up on Wednesday, March 31.

If you have an online TRIP account, we would encourage you to order your TRIP cards via the online ordering system. You can pay for your order via PrestoPay, with your credit card or with a check at pick up. Online ordering has a huge selection of businesses and denominations. If you don’t have an online TRIP account, please email your order to JCS Trip at trip@jenisonchristian.org and your money will be collected when you pick up your order.  As a reminder, we will NOT be able to fulfill any orders at pick up. ALL ORDERS ARE PREORDERED.
BUS BULLETIN
Half Day Busing: There will be AM and NOON busing for the JCS Eagle, JCS Deer and JPS Rabbit buses on our scheduled half-days on Dec. 18, Jan. 15 & Jan. 29.

JCS bus parents, to contact your bus drivers please email deer14@jenisonchristian.org or eagle18@jenisonchristian.org
STAFF BIRTHDAYS
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December
03 - Melanie Ubbink
09 - Sheri Bennink
10 - Tiffany Snyder
DAILY WAYS TO SUPPORT JCS
The Paper Gator is still open!
Recycle your paper products in the Paper Gator (Located in the Baldwin Street Lot in the Northeast corner - NEW location)
As you are making your purchases online, remember to make your Amazon purchases through Amazon Smile for JCS
Please save your Spartan receipts for JCS! You can drop them off at the office anytime.
For those who use Shipt for grocery delivery and receive email receipts, you can just forward your receipt on to receipts@boxtops4education.com within 14 days and your earnings will automatically be applied to JCS. You will need to create an account to link your email to JCS. 
QUICK LINKS
JENISON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Jenison, MI 49428